February 21st, 2014
Mary Janette White Thornberry, 62, of Malvern, passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.Â She was born Feb. 7, 1951 in Benton.Â Mrs. Thornberry was a member of Glen Rose Assembly of God and worked for Avaya.Â
She is preceded in death by her parents, William Lee and Nannie Maude White.
June Austin (Jim) James, 82, of Benton, went to be with The Lord on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. He was born in Reform, on January 7, 1932 to Marshall W. James and Dora Harriet Hogue James. Jim retired from the nursery growing business. Prior to that, he was Vice President at Commercial National Bank. He also served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marshall W. James, and his mother, Dora Harriet Hogue James; his brother, Jerry D. James (Peggy); and his sister Joanna James Gray.
John Leroy Miller, 67, of Alexander passed away Feb. 16, 2014. He was born Feb. 22, 1946, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Agnes Miller and the late Ralph Miller.
John was a truck driver and mechanic. He retired from Fort Worth Carrier after 25 years of service.
He was an avid Washington Redskins fan.
Arthur Ralph Helmich of Benton was born Jan. 24, 1929. At the age of 85 he went to see his heavenly father whom he served wholeheartedly in all his action and deeds. He now resides in his mansion in the sky and God gave him a brand new set of tools to work with.
He was a gentle soul, a giving, inventive, industrious man who loved his wife, Shirley, of 57 years to the very end.
Arthur was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ed and Edna Helmich; his brothers, Edward and Ted; a twin brother, August; and his sister, Lucille.
Alice â€śCharleneâ€ť Roberts, 70, of Bryant passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at her home.Â
She was born July 20, 1943 in Chandler, Okla., to the late Charles William Ussery and Vera LaRue (Reed) Tyler.
Mrs. Roberts was a registered nurse at Baptist Hyperbaric Unit and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Frank Roberts; one daughter, Jullie Irene Haynes; and one granddaughter, Shanna Rayne Ramos.
Bernice Sullivan, 95, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Saline Memorial Hospital with family by her side.Â
She was born Feb. 5, 1919. She celebrated her 95th birthday with cake and family.Â
Bernice was the daughter of the late W.R. and Verda Moore. She was of the Baptist faith.
Bernice and her husband, Hosie, lived most of their married life in Texas, a state she loved. Bernice and her husband drove dump trucks in the Dallas area. She loved driving large trucks. They later retired and moved back to Benton to be near their family.
Kevin R. Griffin, 55, of Conway passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. He was born May 18, 1958, in Texas to the late Ray and Donna (Wymore) Griffin.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Griffin of Conway; two sons, Marcus Griffin of Benton and Jacob Griffin of Conway; one grandson, Everett Bernard Griffin; two sisters, Karen Harvill (James) and Joy Griffin both of Benton; two stepsons, Kelly Beaty (Christie) of Hot Springs and Blair Beaty (Amy) of Fayetteville.Â
Arrangements are by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway (501-327-7727).
CABOT â€“ The Benton bowling teams competed in the 7A/6A State Championship on Wednesday and the boys finished third overall (10 teams total) with 4,177 total pins, while the girls took fourth (10 teams) at 3,276. On the boysâ€™ end, host Cabot dominated with 4,880 pins, a new state record, and Cabotâ€™s Cayden Cook took top honors bowling and 842 series, another state record. Bentonville took second at 4,263.
For the girls, Bentonville would come out on top with 3,647, Cabot second (3,566) and Rogers third (3,316).
PEARCY â€“ Struggling a bit in the first half, the Benton Lady Panthers cleaned it up in the second to come away with a 44-37 victory over the Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves in 7A/6A South Conference action on Tuesday at Lake Hamilton High School. It was Bentonâ€™s fourth consecutive win after losing three straight.
The Lady Panthers (17-5, 9-3 South) jumped on the Lady Wolves 8-2 early with the help of two Braxton Chumley 3-pointers, and would lead 18-10 in the second quarter before allowing Lake Hamilton to come back and tie it 22-22 at the half.
LITTLE ROCK â€” In the six previous games against Glen Rose prior to last Thursday, the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals were 1-5. After tromping the Lady Beavers 42-22 Thursday, Harmony Grove extended its season at least one more game after beating Glen Rose 43-31 Tuesday in the first round of the 5-3A District Tournament at Episcopal in Little Rock.
â€śItâ€™s elimination time and if you donâ€™t get the job done you go home,â€ť Head Coach John White said.